This year Rafael Dávila made his debut at the Washington National Opera as Pollione in Norma opposite Angela Meade and Dolora Zajick, as well as Radames in Aida for Manitoba Opera in Canada. Last year he made his debut in the title role of Verdi's Otello for Sarasota Opera and as Manrico in Il Trovatore for Opera New Jersey and Kansas City Opera. 2012 also marked his debut in Spain in Nabucco with Opera de Bilbao and he reprised the role of Calaf in Turandot for Opera de Puerto Rico.
Abroad Rafael made his Italian debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the title role of Verdi's Gustavo III (Riccardo in Un ballo in Maschera) and as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme for the Netherlands Reisopera. For the New Zealand Opera he appeared as Don Jose in Carmen and Alfredo in La Traviata.